ARLINGTON, VA - The American Trucking Association (ATA) Safety Management Council announced its 2010 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Rogers, Ark. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious National Safety Director Award. 

2010 ATA President's Trophy
Sponsored by: Great West Casualty Company

The ATA President's Trophy recognizes the three companies whose fleets have been judged to have the best overall safety programs from the Truck & Industrial Safety Contests. These Contests judge motor carriers from across the United States on their safety accomplishments and safety records relative to others within their operation type and size.  The top three ATA President's Trophy recipients are honored for their superior safety achievements, outstanding commitment to industry-wide safety and extensive promotion of safety among all highway users.

 Large fleet winner (over 100 million miles annually)
 ABF Freight System, Inc., Fort Smith, Ark.

 Mid-size fleet winner (between 25-100 million miles annually)
 Dupré Logistics, LLC, Lafayette, La.

 Small fleet winner (under 25 million miles annually)
 TCW / Tennessee Express, Nashville, Tenn.

ATA National Driver of the Year
Sponsored by: Custard Insurance Adjusters

The National Driver of the Year recognizes one professional truck driver for his/her exemplary accomplishments and excellent driving attributes, including the driver's driving record, willingness to assist others on the highway and/or other community service and heroic deeds. 

 ATA National Driver of the Year
 Anthony "Tony" A. Jones, Central Freight Lines, Houston, Texas

National Safety Director of the Year
Sponsored by: Great West Casualty Company

The National Safety Director Award recognizes a motor carrier safety executive whose professional qualifications, safety programs and achievements are deemed most outstanding among his or her peers. 

 National Safety Director of the Year
 Dean Newell, CDS, Maverick Transportation, North Little Rock, Ark.

Excellence in Safety
Sponsored by: Great West Casualty Company

The ATA State Association Recognition Program is designed to applaud those state trucking associations affiliated with ATA, which effectively foster and promote highway safety programs within their borders for the greater good of the trucking industry and all highway users.

 Excellence in Safety Recipient
 Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Leadership Award

The Safety Management Council's annual Leadership Award recognizes the individual who has gone above and beyond in supporting and promoting the Council; who has provided constant input to the Executive Director; and who has led the Council membership in advancing SMC programs, membership and outreach.

  Leadership Award Recipient
  Patti Gillette, Ph.D., Colorado Motor Carriers Association

ATA's Safety Management Council is a national organization of transportation professionals involved in safety and human resources management for motor carriers and interested organizations. It aims to advance highway and workplace safety through programs, research, education, training, communication, and peer interaction. 
The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.